A Twenty-First Century US Water Policy by Juliet Christian-SmithA Twenty-First Century US Water Policy by Juliet Christian-Smith

A Twenty-First Century US Water Policy

byJuliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick, Heather Cooley

Paperback | March 15, 2016

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It is zero hour for a new US water policy! At a time when many countries are adopting new national approaches to water management, the United States still has no cohesive federal policy, and water-related authorities are dispersed across more than 30 agencies. Here, at last, is a vision forwhat we as a nation need to do to manage our most vital resource. In this book, leading thinkers at world-class water research institution the Pacific Institute present clear and readable analysis and recommendations for a new federal water policy to confront our national and global challenges at acritical time.What exactly is at stake? In the 21st century, pressures on water resources in the United States are growing and conflicts among water users are worsening. Communities continue to struggle to meet water quality standards and to ensure that safe drinking water is available for all. And new challengesare arising as climate change and extreme events worsen, new water quality threats materialize, and financial constraints grow. Yet the United States has not stepped up with adequate leadership to address these problems. The inability of national policymakers to safeguard our water makes the United States increasingly vulnerable to serious disruptions of something most of us take for granted: affordable, reliable, and safe water. This book provides an independent assessment of water issues and water management inthe United States, addressing emerging and persistent water challenges from the perspectives of science, public policy, environmental justice, economics, and law. With fascinating case studies and first-person accounts of what helps and hinders good water management, this is a clear-eyed look atwhat we need for a 21st century U.S. water policy.
Juliet Christian-Smith is Senior Research Associate of the Water Program at the Pacific Institute. Peter H. Gleick is Co-founder and President of the Pacific Institute. Heather Cooley is Co-director of the Water Program at the Pacific Institute. Lucy Allen is a former Research Associate with the Water Program at the Pacific Institute a...
Title:A Twenty-First Century US Water PolicyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

William K. Reilly: ForewordList of Acronyms1. Peter H. Gleick: The Water of the United States: Freshwater Availability and Use2. Juliet Christian-Smith and Lucy Allen: Legal and Institutional Framework of Water Management3. Amy Vanderwarker: Water and Environmental Justice4. Kate A. Berry: Tribes and Water5. Lucy Allen: Water Quality6. Juliet Christian-Smith and Lucy Allen: Protecting Freshwater Ecosystems7. Heather Cooley: Municipal Water Use8. Juliet Christian-Smith: Water and Agriculture9. Heather Cooley and Juliet Christian-Smith: Water and Energy10. Heather Cooley: Water and Climate11. Peter H. Gleick: United States International Water Policy12. Summary and RecommendationsAppendix: Federal LegislationNotesBibliographyAbout the AuthorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

"[The authors] clearly lay out the problem and, unlike many other writers, provide readers with solutions, which makes this book an invaluable resource. Highly recommended." --CHOICE